Nick Nuyens announced his retirement from professional cycling yesterday, having failed to secure a new contract for the 2015 season.

The 34 year old Belgian rider scored a number of top wins during his career, most notably the 2011 Tour of Flanders. He also took victory in Paris-Brussels, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Dwars Door Vlaanderen.

Nuyens made the statement at a press conference in Heist-op-den-Berg. “I have spoken with a number of teams, but there was nothing available so the best option was to stop.”

Nuyens rode the last two seasons for the Garmin team, but he was not offered a new contract due to a lack of results. He also raced for Quick Step, Cofidis, Rabobank and Saxo during his career.

“I’ve been talking with various teams,” said Nuyens. “I still wanted to be a rider, so I didn’t want it to end this way. That it did not work out was a pity. I would like to stay in cycling and I will be open for any suggestions,” said Nuyens to Het Nieuwsblad.

“It has taken some time to get over it, but fortunately I can look happily back on a brilliant career. It was much nicer than I had ever dared to hope before It started,” he said.